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Is it a fair assertion to state our military has become a cancer?

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/west-point-prof-pens-blistering-takedown-of-u-s-military-academies/

I advocate for a strong military, but haven’t we gone too far?

We must have a standing navy. I assert we do not need a standing army, at least not one capable of conducting warfare. We need reservers. We need standing capabilities, but an active army needs activity. Armies, by nature, need war. (War is hell.)

Air force? We need some. Don’t we have too much? Space force? Well, maybe, but too much seems inevitable from inception.

I advocate for less government, especially less entitlements. Isn’t our military treated as an entitlement in many quarters? Don’t we Oklahomans feel our military in our state is essential, that we are entitled to it here?

We need more balance and less government, including the military.

Because I work alongside many members of our military, I know it as a good thing. Our military service members are as good as any, any people regardless of grouping, every people of every grouping.

I’m promilitary, but I do think we have too much. We can cut back in ways that benefit all in the long run.

The article speaks to the institution of the military. It seems to me the article is correct. I cannot envision a military coup d’état in any conceivable future scenario, but understanding how our military might work against our society, “a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” is needful. We cannot fix problems we refuse to acknowledge.

While I find the point of the article valid, the article and the professor are too whiny for my taste. I think the problem is identified. We need it better and more rationally defined, and we need solutions. I suggest starting with refocusing the national objectives for the military, and refocusing the overall national policies, including foreign policies, to serve the interests of liberty here at home. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” is applicable to all, to every individual, to every institution, including our government. I aver the greatest good in the world is individual liberty and responsibility. Refocus and reduce objectives, and reduce budgets accordingly.

“West Point’s high national rankings on annual college lists are due to its resources and reputation for the highest student academic standards. A closer look reveals, first, that the “resources” are courtesy of the American taxpayer—an over-inflated budget of $500 million a year, even though the school graduates only 950 cadets annually.” Three minutes of internet search did not let me confirm or refute. Anyone have references? Half-a-megabuck per graduated is unreasonable. We cannot continue such a course if it is even close to true. Much too much government.

While I find the point of the article valid, the article and the professor are too whiny for my taste. I think the problem is identified. We need it better and more rationally defined, and we need solutions. I suggest starting with refocusing the national objectives for the military, and refocusing the overall national policies, including foreign policies, to serve the interests of liberty here at home. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” is applicable to all, to every individual, to every institution, including our government. I aver the greatest good in the world is individual liberty and responsibility. Refocus and reduce objectives, and reduce budgets accordingly.

All my life, as well as I can remember, supposed experts have been saying our deficit spending is going to bankrupt the country. Sooner or later that has to happen. If we don’t stop borrowing, eventually we will get past a point of no return. Will it be another 50 years? Longer? Shorter? The warnings I recall from the 70s were no less dire than today, with this article as an example. There is more data now; it looks bad. There is more inflation now, but for some reason, it doesn’t look bad. There are more growth and global trade now, and it is hard to tell how much that matters. Regardless, we are overspending and over-borrowing. Sooner or later, the bills come due. If we don’t reduce spending soon, the day of reckoning will be grim indeed.

Yes, I was paying attention 50 years ago. It is why it is hard to get excited about the latest alarm. I’ve heard it all before, and nobody else seems to remember. My cynicism has been acquired honestly, and its payment was (and is) extracted painfully.

Every step of the way, the role of government at all levels has increased. Every step has been made harder by that government involvement.

We need less government in every way.

The video at the end of the article is worth watching, in my opinion.

Source: The US Is Burying Young People and the Unborn Under a Mountain of Government Debt – Foundation for Economic Education

An article from here, http://ocpathink.org/articles/2626, says,
“Total taxes collected by the state [of Oklahoma] in FY-2013 reached $7.86 billion, an all-time high. This is $2.1 billion more than the $5.73 billion collected in FY-2003.”

Note, that is more than $2,000 per person. $2,000 spent for every man, woman, and child in the state.

The US population is about 314 million, the President’s latest budget was proposed at over $3.9 trillion. That works out well over $12,000 per person in the country. The President proposed hardly over $500 billion for defense spending in that budget, less than $1,700 per citizen. (Is that enough? We are talking about defending all we have and all we believe in. Regardless, it is a paltry amount compared to the total.)

How much do our cities take from us and spend on our behalf?

According to public documents at the OKC.gov web site, our 2013-2014 budget is $1,027,852,482, apparently there were 600,000 of us residing in the city limits in 2012. Assuming it is about the same this year, that is just over $1,700 per person.

Don’t we think we are over doing it? Don’t you think we are letting our government do too much for us? Doesn’t that give them too much power over us?

That is well over $15k spent on us per year. Well over $60k spent on behalf of a family of four. What the heck do we have to show for this money?

I will admit I don’t begrudge my city one cent, but I do wish they’d be a bit more diligent with regard to street repairs. Our city does a good job. They maintain the streets we drive every day, and they keep things sanitary. And they maintain our parks. I despise the regulations, but most of them are sensible, even if interpreted and enforced unevenly. There has to be rules. At least these are close to home. We can go down to city hall, while it is much harder to see our state and, especially, federal officials.

So, the city has the most to do, the most we need done, yet they spend the least on us. Again, aren’t our governments doing more and spending more than we can justify?

Early this evening, Richard Engle (not the reporter), called and asked for my vote in the upcoming state GOP convention. He is running for vice-chair. The point I am recording here is the fact that he was surprised by my request to reduce spending.

That is, he asked what I thought the most important emphasis for the Oklahoma GOP. I responded getting government out of our lives and reducing spending. I added that we didn’t need to worry about taxes until spending was down. He replied that reducing government involvement in our lives was a common statement, but he hadn’t had anyone else stipulate reduction of government spending. I find that remarkable, thus I’m noting it.

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